MWC 2021 | TCL teases a new and cheap 5G phone for later in 2021
TCL's showcase at MWC 2021 has revealed that the OEM is following others into the smart glasses trend thus far. It has also shown up to the virtual trade-show to launch its second-gen MOVETIME Family Watch, a wearable designed to reassure parents on the point of child safety.
To this end, the Family Watch 2 is equipped with an eSIM for always-on 4G mobile data, and, thus, consistent connection with the youngster sporting the watch. TCL also asserts that the wearable emits a "real-time geolocation" signal at all times for reliable location updates and logs. This feature also allows parents to set a "safe zone" via geolocation.
The MOVETIME Family Watch 2 will be released across Europe in August 2021, starting from €149 (~US$178). For those more interested in alternative sources of broadband internet, TCL also now offers the LINKHUB 5G outdoor consumer premises equipment (CPE). It consists of a module with "high-gain" antennae with an IP67 rating that helps its withstand extreme weather conditions, temperatures of -40°C to 55°C included.
It requires a 5G SIM card in order to achieve data-transfer speeds of up to 4.67Gbps over a sub-6Ghz service - or so TCL estimates. Then again, it neglected to offer approximate pricing for this new CPE during its showcase. Nevertheless, it is now apparent consumers will have the option of using a new smartphone with this form of Wi-Fi soon.
TCL asserts that this upcoming device will bring "5G for all" on its September 2021 launch. Its new teaser may suggest a new "5GT" designation, although the OEM seems to have missed this trick altogether. Instead, it seems the new phone will join the pre-existing 20-series...which already has 5G variants.
Nevertheless, TCL now promotes the line's newest member as the "most exciting and affordable 5G smartphone yet", which suggests it is heading down the market's tiers compared to the 20 5G, possibly heading for an SoC like the Snapdragon 480 on its way there.